Chris Roberts has ‘no intention of reducing the size of the Star Citizen universe’

Last week, German-language German website Gamestar published an interview with Star Citizen studio Cloud Imperium Games, noting that Roberts appeared to have said Star Citizen will launch with 5 to 10 star systems, an apparent reduction in scope from original launch plans (we already know the 3.0 alpha will launch with just one incomplete system.) That provoked this infamous missed-deadline infographic and the weekly flamewar.

A week later, CIG is finally tackling the uproar, calling the whole thing an oops over translation, chiefly a misunderstanding of the translation of the word “release.”

“Hey guys! This is a case of things being lost in translation; Chris was asked a specific question about how many systems we expect to have online at the point that we’ve got most of the core mechanics completed and we would consider the gameplay experience suitable for a larger audience. There are no changes with regards to the planned amount of systems which are well documented on the current Star Map.”

It’s hard to count all the systems on the star map because of its depth and width, but we took a look and we’ll estimate there’s about 100 on it right now.

Further, CIG Zyloh says,

“Also, it’s important to remember that the scope of the game has increased greatly since the original crowdfunding campaign. Since those early days we’ve created procedural planet tech, moved from 32 bit to 64 bit… all of it leading to billions of kilometers of space and millions of square kilometers of landmass to explore, all rendered in detail that matches the most detailed 1st person games that only have to worry about a few dozen kilometers of playable area. This takes time to fill out, so while it will take us longer to fully deliver and populate every system at this fidelity rather than if we had only a handful of points of interest per star system, we have no intention of reducing the size of the Star Citizen universe.”

To translate that from devspeak to English, you’ll have to sort out exactly what CIG means when it says when “most of the core mechanics completed and we would consider the gameplay experience suitable for a larger audience” because that’s apparently what the 5-10 systems refers to, not necessarily the formal release or launch. Eventually, however, it’ll expand out to its planned hundred.

Source: Official site. Thanks, DK and Darkwalker!
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Victor Morales

So the charade continue. Lemme guess they are going to be releasing new ship models soon for [people] to purchase?

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primal

3.0 delayed to september because they need to do optimisation work which seems to be needed if framerate is dropping to low currently :(

delta patcher looking good and looks like theyve introduced peer to peer updating to reduce download costs by the launcher connecting to other people like a torrent to download the data from them instead of purely amazon.

Pause it when the video loads and you can see the upload with peers. (remove the space)
http s://youtu.be/kca8OKHP2N8?t=8m24s

Just another way CIG is looking to improve experience and reduce operating costs. GG CIG

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Nosy Gamer

Peer-to-peer? That’s not going to go over well with people with data caps.

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primal

you should be able to disable it either by selecting http only or whatever or by setting upload speed to 0 so its not a problem.

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shear

From a person who hasn’t spent a dime on this, it amuses me greatly.

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loo mb

Is this game released yet?

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I felt like this was more of an issue with people reading too far into things and making something of nothing instead of reading it for exactly what was said. At no point in reading the Gamestar article did I think they were cancelling 100 systems and dropping it to 5-10. Nothing even remotely close to that was stated.

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Loyheta

As long as I’m alive when it comes out, I’ll be happy

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ichi sakari

came in to read the comments, same old salt and sugar, left and went and played for a while, had a blast at Kareah

every article MoP posts about SC has the same folks pushing the same message they’ve always pushed, I don’t see any of the regulars changing, the constant hammering probably frightens a few away but based on the ever-increasing funding total the FUD campaign isn’t working

good to see Bree rein in some toxicity tho

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Dobablo

Chris Roberts has no intention of… – An MOP drinking game.

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Space Captain Zor

CIG needs their own version of a C-SPAN live stream from their main conference room.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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ITS FULL OF CHRIS.jpg
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Space Captain Zor

lol, oh my..

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Your Honor

5 to 10 systems will still take them quite some time to do, it most likely means 5, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up on 3 – 4 and just say ” well, everything else is ready so we can release now and then add them later” and every backer including myself will just say ” yes please”.

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Joe Blobers

Thanks Viktoras for your encouraging comments.
It looks like you have a very clear understanding about SC right? At least you feel confident enough to provide your own conclusion even on systems numbers release.. Well as per the last comment you left in a precedent article, saying in short that:

– you are stun because all ships have no free vehicule,
– Why everything is not free in Alpha, including prospector for Mining so people won’t be able to test it,
– Why people have to buy vehicule, this is greed

And I answered this:

It is already the case, Greycat can be “loaded” in many multiplayer ship. You have also Firefly and NOX… So 3 vehicules.
You want them for free? Tell to the +428 team members they have to work for free because some can’t capture that nothing is free and believe that Free to Play game are done out of fresh air. Everything have a cost,

About mining… again either you are not following SC at all since the last 3 years or you are trolling… You can rent today most ships by participating to Alpha and earning special in game credits for this purposes(Arena Commander, Star marine, PU). Prospector not being an alien ship or rare ship, you will will be able to rent it.

Search a bit before shooting “facts” Viktoras….

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edangerous

This ‘archiving’ approach you take is creepy as hell Bloober. Respond to the person on the merit of their current post instead of dragging in previous comments that have no relevance to the discussion.

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Joe Blobers

Quote Edangerous:”dragging in previous comments that have no relevance to the discussion”

What you call “no relevance” is at the contrary direct relation between 2 comments from a single person to highlight the level of understanding through several legitimate questions/answers.
That give a trend about what someone is interested in or toward which direction an individual his focusing his interests, generally speaking. Hence allowing to provide a much clearer answer within a define context.

And the relevance between the two are quite obvious in case you do not yet get it: Star CitizenS :)

Call it social data mining if you want :) This is not weird especially when comments were done on the very same media at a few hours intervals. Feel free to disagree.

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Your Honor

Oh, he’s on every SC article, people aren’t allowed to have their own opinions without him throwing his two cents in there with gibberish. I’ve stopped paying attention to him. :D

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Joe Blobers

Quote Viktoras:”people aren’t allowed to have their own opinions”

Do you say I should stop to voiced mine?
Or to tell to an anonymous web user that his opinion is based on statements that can be proven false in a minute by just loging in SC, with opinion that are misleading to Readers with zero knowledge about a game or project?

You can play “I stopped paying attention to him” game, no problem… That won’t make you invisible to all :D

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Your Honor

What false opinions? They are reducing launch scope from a 100 to 5 to 10 systems, aren’t they? You can’t say that they won’t reduce it again because you just don’t know so you can’t disprove it.

They are selling cars to people so they could TEST that content, on top of a normal minimum purchase.
There is no other way to earn that stuff in the game at the moment and there won’t be on 3.0 launch that has already been stated. So you can’t earn even a basic car to be able to TEST.

Chris said they already have enough money to finish SQ and then finish SC with the proceeds of that, yet they are still charging people more than a AAA title for in-game pixels.

You want to give them money, that’s fine, it’s yours to give, but you need to stop trying to persuade me it’s “normal”. None of this is normal.

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Joe Blobers

Viktoras, yes the number of 100 systems at launch have been reduced to 5 to 10. This is not an opinion, good or false, but a fact that Bree mention in two successive article.
One based on translation from Gamestar article, the second from CIG minutes extract of the interview.

I do not disaprove your words about the possibility of systems numbers to decrease to 3 or 4. This is an opinion. But I am doubting about the precision of your speculation based on your previous unaccurate statements on basic features (vehicule) that tend to be misleading to not so aware Readers.

You reiterate again this erroneous conclusion about vehicule statement:

They are selling cars to people so they could TEST that content, on top of a normal minimum purchase.
There is no other way to earn that stuff in the game at the moment and there won’t be on 3.0 launch that has already been stated. So you can’t earn even a basic car to be able to TEST.

First, CIG is not selling specific vehicule for test purposes at time of concept sale. Concept ship/vehicule are proposed to keep $ coming until the micro-transaction model is up and running (SC MMO) and SQ42 Chapter 1 is out.
Pledges are the single way to keep this game in development and keep $ bucket at a safe level. No healthy manager in industry would do otherwise. You never stop looking for funds even if you have a year of cash ahead… This is suicidal.
Publishers can do it because the budget and funds are freezed day one. Not crowdfunded project.

Second, I repeat my previous comment: You can rent today most ships/weapons by participating to Alpha and earning special in game credits (REC) for this purposes (Arena Commander, Star marine, PU).
Prospector not being an alien ship or rare ship, you will be able to rent it to test mining.
I can add also about this Cyclone concept sale that an Ursa Rover will be made available as vehicule replacement, until Cyclone is “Drive Ready”.

You finish with:”You want to give them money, that’s fine, it’s yours to give, but you need to stop trying to persuade me it’s “normal”. None of this is normal.”

At no time I told you to spend anything. I do not know what you pledged for and I not interested to know unless you want to talk about it by yourself. It is your business and your normality assumption toward crowdfunding and money.-

Nobody forced anyone to pledge more than a starter package…

Many are waiting on the fence to see if what is added match their gameplay expectation. Others are waiting for an official release (after Beta). Fine.

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Darkwalker75 .

They are reducing launch scope from a 100 to 5 to 10 systems, aren’t they?

No they are not, if you actually read the article and specifically the quotes from CIG themselves you would know that those numbers was based on a lost in translation issue.

“Hey guys! This is a case of things being lost in translation; Chris was asked a specific question about how many systems we expect to have online at the point that we’ve got most of the core mechanics completed and we would consider the gameplay experience suitable for a larger audience. There are no changes with regards to the planned amount of systems which are well documented on the current Star Map.”

You can try to deny it all you want, but it will not change that fact.

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primal

they arent reducing it to 5-10 systems thats how many systems there are likely to be by a beta release. amount of systems at launch id say between 40-70 if it commercially launches in 2019

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reanor

They sometimes open ships for free testing on some weekends… like buy into game FREE.